Honors Theses

 

The Honors Program is rooted in the Catholic Marianist tradition, encouraging social responsibility and ethical sensitivity with its many leadership and service opportunities.

Honors theses are as diverse and ambitious as creating solar-powered, easy-to-use equipment to sterilize medical devices; writing a novel or series of short stories; pursuing neuroscience research to better understand Alzheimer's disease; and publishing a book based on branding elements designed specifically for several organizations.

For theses dated prior to 2014, contact the University Archives and Special Collections at archives@udayton.edu.

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Submissions from 2019

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Interrelationship of Forms: Research into the Juxtaposition of Material, Color, and Texture, Emily Bartolone

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Modulation of Listeria monocytogenes Carbon Metabolism by Short Chain Fatty Acids, Diksha Bedi

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The Commodification of Education And the Threat to Public Schools, Macey Berkley

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Where do we put our flesh? Intersecting Feminism with Art and Contemporary Printmaking, Claire Bowman

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Perceiving Place: A Social Design Case Study, Mary Anne Brinkman

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Computer-Assisted Graphic Correlation of Ordovician Conodonts and Graptolites from the Argentine Precordillera and Western Newfoundland using Constrained Optimization (CONOP9), Andrea Marie Bryan

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Nitrate Contaminant Tracing in Surface and Groundwater in the Great Miami River Watershed: Environmental Isotope Approach, Rachel Kristine Buzeta

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Analysis of Change in the Biodiversity of Fish and Macroinvertebrates Following Low Dam Modification and Kayak Chute Installation in the Great Miami River in Downtown Dayton, Ohio, Madison E. Conway

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Intentionally So: Morality in Children’s Literature, Anna Edwards

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Energy Analysis and Orbit Simulation of Actuating CubeSat Solar Arrays, Justin T. Ehren

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Intelligence and Interpersonal Functioning in Youth and Young Adults with Varying Levels of Psychopathic and Callous-Unemotional Traits, Marie Feyche

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Generation of Silver Nanoparticle Pharmacokinetic Profiles in a Lung Model, Rachel Galaska

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The Prickly Problem of Pears Potential Effects of Native Orthopteran Herbivory on an Invasive Woody Plant, Kaitlin Gawkins

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The Number of Fixed Points of AND-OR Networks with Chain Topology, Lauren Geiser

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Poverty Redemption: Why Those Affected Stay Affected, Claudia M. Hampel

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Pathogenic Differences in Listeria monocytogenes 10403s and Cardiotropic Strains Grown under Aerobic and Anaerobic Conditions, Alexander Hayes

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Drosophila Tumor Mosaic Models to Study Intercellular Interaction, Minh T.D. Ho

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The Melody of Spatial Memory, Victoria Lynne Karpuszka

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Cortisol Regulation of Aquaglyceroporin HC-3 Protein Expression in the Erythrocytes of the Freeze Tolerant Tree Frog Dryophytes chrysoscelis, Maria P. LaBello

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Misreading the Hybrid Face: The Alienation of Performed and Authentic Self in Danzy Senna’s Caucasia and Chang-Rae Lee’s Native Speaker, William E. Landers

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Analysis and Review of the Effects of Bacterial Competition on Efflux Pump Inhibition, Robert Leszcynski

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Tracking Disparate Colony Morphological Trends with Thermus scotoductus, Matthew P. Leverick

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Boron Dipyrromethenes: Synthesis and Computational Analysis, Eduardo Rivé Lockwood

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The Effects of Sublethal Antibiotics on Listeria monocytogenes, Marlena Rae Merling

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Breaking Down Barriers to Sustainable Eating at the University of Dayton, Lauren Murray

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Maternal Depression, Child Temperament, and Risk for Depression in Adolescence A Test of the Differential Susceptibility Hypothesis, Karina Palermo

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Topology of Fractals, Amelia Pompilio

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Establishing the Effect of Ethanol on Listeria Infection, Ryan Evan Restrepo

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Pretrial Publicity and Juror DecisionMaking: Effects of Inadmissible Evidence and Coverage of Its Exclusion from Trial, Rebecca Rhein

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Secondary Trauma in Children Services Workers: Is the Opioid Crisis a Contributing Factor?, Rebecca L. Richardson

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Flourishing the Urban Environment: How Urban Gardens Affect Pollinators, Emily Ann Rickert

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Effect of Activated Carbon on the Performance of a Solar Thermal Adsorptive Refrigerator (STAR) using Activated Carbon-Ethanol, Joshua Romo

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The Effect of Remote Ischemic Preconditioning on Exercise Hyperemia in Multiple Sclerosis, Jane E. Rosmarin

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Mortality in the 21st Century: A Cycle of Short Stories on Death and the Afterlife, Rose A. Rucoba

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The Effects of L. rhamnosus Consumption on Male Long Evans Rat Anxiety-like Behavior, Amanda Marie Schleper

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Leaving a Legacy: Empowering Students to Give Back, Eric Schutter

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The Laggard Leader: A Historiography of the Origins of Wage and Income Inequality in the United States, 1973-84, Nathan Sikora

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Global and Gene-Specific Regulation in Freeze-Tolerant Anuran Dryophytes chrysoscelis, Elizabeth Claire Sinnathamby

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The Vascular Flora of Bill Yeck Park: Supporting the Conservation of Local Biodiversity, Taylor Sparbanie

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Identifying Natural Inhibitors of Bacterial Efflux Pumps, Marrisa Therriault

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In the Face of AntimicrobialsFactors Contributing to Listeria monocytogenes Survival and Development of Resistance, Andrea M. Vietti

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Propionate Enhances the Antimicrobial Defenses in Macrophages Against Listeria monocytogenes, John Weis

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Music Therapists’ Knowledge of and Attitudes Towards Sustainability: Instruments, Sarah Whitehouse

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Developing a Model for Clinical Song Analysis, or Why Music Therapists Still Need Music Theory and Musicology, Lesley Wray

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Disclosing Virtue, Michael Zahorec

Submissions from 2018

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Changes in Herbaceous Plant Diversity in an Old-Growth Ohio Forest Before and After Emerald Ash Borer Invasion, Taylor Melissa Buskey

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Physiological and Psychological Effects of Being Weighed in Female Participants, Julia Carroccio

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Fault Lines: Geopolitical Rivalry in the East China Sea, Nicholas A. Dalton

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Determining the Role of Fatty Acid Composition in Antibiotic Resistance, Andrew Deak

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The Application of Neurologically-Controlled Robotics to Actuated Feeding Arms, Timothy Dombrowski

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Mentoring Strategies for the Support of High School Students Experiencing Anxiety and Depression: A Case-Study of Two Catholic High Schools, Karin E. Forsthoefel

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Development of an Evidence-Based Strength Training Program for Individuals with Dementia Participating in Adult Day Services, Jaclyn Franz

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Chronic Administration of Probiotic L. rhamnosus Increases Anxiety-like Behavior in Group-housed Male Long Evans Rats, Parker Maddison Griff

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The Influence of Self-Enhancement And Stress on Weight Gain: A Biopsychosocial Approach, Olivia G. Grondalski

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Aircraft Generator Design and Analysis, David Gross

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Murky Water, Fluid, and The Borderlands of Language: An Exploration of Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Julia K. Hall

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Lending Club’s Note Trading Platform Facade: An Examination of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Lending Secondary Market Inefficiency, Stephen Harvey

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The Impact of the 515nm Effect on 1O2 Quenching in Photosynthesis: Model System Studies Using β-Carotene–Acid Complexes, Lauren A. Hoody

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Differences in the Development of Internalizing and Externalizing Behaviors in Offspring of Depressed Mothers, Hannah Jackson

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The Other Woman: Mate Poaching Across the Menstrual Cycle, Margaret M. Jaeger

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Wives’ Perceptions of Husbands’ Housework and Parenting Contributions, Reilly Kate Kincaid

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How Academic and Extracurricular Workload and Stress Impacts the Mental and Physical Health of College Students, Aidan Koch

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Health Policy Responses and Infrastructure Re-Use in Host Cities of Mega-Sporting Events in Non-Traditional Host Countries, Andrew Kramer

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Personality Types and Self-Reported Eating Habits, Thomas R. Lawler

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Caffeine Rush! Examining the Effects of Caffeine on Spatial Working Memory, Alexander Lawriw

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Evidence in Online Political Discourse: How Everyday Citizens Argue about Politics on Social Media, Diane Leverich

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The Effects of Adolescent Housing Condition and Voluntary Exercise on Alcohol Intake and Stress Response in Male Long-Evans Rats, Caroline Lynch

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If You Build It, They Will Come: A Habitat Mimicry-based Assessment Tool for Estimating Larval Salamander Density in Temperate Forests Streams, Margaret E. Maloney

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Re-Painting the Lion: Female Transgression and Authorial Reincarnation in the Works of Marie de France and Jane Austen, Katherine Rachel McCaffery

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Development of a Self-Orienting CubeSat Solar Array, Eric McGill

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Olfaction and Disgust as Predictors of Elevated Perfectionism, Maia McLin

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Revising the Geological Time Scale: A CONOP9 Graptolite Composite from the Middle Ordovician Rocks of Newfoundland, Katherine Michel

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of U.S. Anti-Slavery Legislation through the Lens of Supply Chain Management, Alexander Marion Mingus

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The Effects of Anxiety Induction on Olfactory Function in Healthy Young Adults, Lauren T. Olson

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Probabilistic Modeling of Student Interactions during a Passing Period at the University of Dayton, Allyson Pacifico

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The Influence of Self-Esteem and Stress on Academic Performance in College Students, Angel J. Pagan

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Influence of Reverse Shoulder Implant Positioning on Patient-Specific Muscle Forces: A Simulation Study, Kayla Marie Pariser

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Alcohol Deprivation Effect: An Investigation of a Model of Alcohol Dependence and Relapse Behaviors in Male and Female Long Evans Rats, Hanna J. Peterson

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Characterization of the Glycosylation of Aquaglyceroporin HC-3 in Erythrocytes from the Freeze Tolerant Anuran, Dryophytes chrysoscelis, Dante L. Pezzutti

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The International Committee of the Red Cross Managing Neutrality in an Increasingly Public, Media-hungry World, Mercedes C. Ramsey

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Colonization to Globalization: French-Algerian Integration Analysis from Historical, Societal, and Economic Perspectives, Stephanie Soledad Rodriguez

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Interference of the Inflammasome Via Interferonβ, Madeline Sauer

Compartmentalization and Temporal Distribution of L-Dopa-Containing Proteins Involved in Oyster Shell Formation, Benjamin Nicholas Schmeusser

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Farm to Liberation: Towards Feminist Food Justice, Elisabeth Spector

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Do Normative and Pathological Personality Traits Overlap? Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analyses of the NEO-PI-3 and PID-5, Lisa Eileen Stone

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When Feminism Meets Hip-Hop, Kylie Thompson

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“Thy Kingdom Come”: Catholicism and the Nueva Canción, 1966-1982, Elizabeth Turnwald

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“Eat, Sleep, Hydrate, Masturbate!” Sexuality Education, Digital Media and Creator Identity Implications, Emma Venetis

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The Stigma of Homelessness as an Identity: Homelessness as a Gendered Condition, Jamie Vieson

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When Necessary is Not Enough A Study in the Effectiveness of U.S. Military Force to Combat Terrorism in the Middle East, Lora Christine Vonderhaar

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The Effect of Oral Rehydration Solutions (Sports Drinks) on Strength, Speed, and Endurance: A Field Study, Andrea Wisniewski

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Reconceptualizing Space: Multisensory Rooms and the Immersive Art Experience, Melanie Zebrowski

Submissions from 2017

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Understanding the Effects of Propionic Acid on Listeria monocytogenes Growth, Survival, and Virulence, Elizabeth A. Abrams

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Preparation, Analysis and Derivatization of Benzotris(thiazole) Triamine, Jonathan Patrick Peter Alessi

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Social Impact of Economic Development Initiatives on Women’s Empowerment A Case Study in Northern Malawi, Alexandra Altomare

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The Effects of Structural Modification of the Wing Helix Domain of PriA on Bacterial DNA, Erich Auer

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Lethal Effects of the Non-native Invasive Shrub Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) on a Model Aquatic Organism (Hyalella azteca), Eric B. Borth

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Effects of Ultrasound on Amyloid Beta 42 (Aβ42) Mediated Neurodegeneration, Sarah Byrne

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Sustainable Portfolios to Maximize Alpha, Douglas Stephen Carey

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Seasonal Changes in Physical, Chemical, and Biotic Factors in Silver Lake, Ohio, Jacob J. Clancy